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FM Arun Jaitley to sing kisan raga in Modi govt's last full Budget

The government is also set to launch a "Sweet Revolution" to boost bee farming as part of the broader strategy to improve income from non-traditional agricultural sources.

January 25, 2018 / 08:07 AM IST
Budget 2018_Arun Jaitley

Budget 2018_Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may flag a raft of farm-centric measures in Budget 2018, including a state-subsidised income support scheme, an agriculture export plan and schemes for dairy and fishery, demonstrating the government's intent to walk the talk on rural distress ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

The government is also set to launch a "Sweet Revolution" to boost bee farming as part of the broader strategy to improve income from non-traditional agricultural sources.

Jaitley may also flag the launch of a new agricultural exports policy, to lift farm income and deal with local gluts. These measures will be central to the government's plan to double farm incomes by 2022.

Amid reports of simmering rural discontent, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's fifth and last full budget in the NDA government's current term, will likely seek to decisively shift the policy focus towards 'farmers' income', as opposed to the decades-old output-focussed 'food policy', sources told CNN-News18.

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first published: Jan 25, 2018 08:07 am

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